After blocking porn sites in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte’s next move is to ban mini-skirts immediately, according to an article published by fake news site philstar.i-telecast.com.
The article said that President Duterte has ordered an immediate ban to be placed on wearing mini-skirts.
This decision comes after his successful act of blocking access on popular porn sites in the Philippines. Duterte allegedly believes that the influence of western culture, which are being adopted by today’s youth is a cause for the rise in immoral standards, the article claimed.
The article also attributed this statement to Duterte: “Mini-skirts account for rape, and increases the desires of men to get hooked on pornography.”
But no accounts from news sites or the media can provide evidence that these words were uttered by the President.
It is true, however, that a number of porn sites have been blocked in the country as of Saturday, January 14. The list includes top known porn sites such as Pornhub, Xvideos, and Redtube, all of which do not load anymore when accessed in some devices.
Although, this filter is yet to be applied across all Internet service providers (ISPs) in the Philippines.
For online users affected by the filter, a message displays on the screen stating, “This website has been ordered blocked under authority of the Philippine Government pursuant to Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Law.”
Nonetheless, it is unclear whether this ban has something to do with Memorandum Circular No. 01-01-2014 by the National Telecommunications Commission, which ordered ISPs to “install available technology, program or software that will block access or filter all websites carrying child pornography materials.”
This, in turn, is in accordance with RA 9775 and RA 7925, or the Public Telecom Policy Act of 1995, as well as Executive Order No. 546 series of 1979 “in order to protect children from child pornography.”
While the real mastermind or reason for the blocking of access on porn sites remain unknown, we are also led to believe that the announcement of this ban on mini-skirts by Duterte is yet to happen anytime soon.
Moreover, the article came from philstar.i-telecast.com, which is known for releasing fake news which had been busted by our site, such as Trump, Duterte and Putin’s meeting in Moscow, Senator De Lima’s sister getting arrested in China for drug trafficking and getting the death penalty, new Thai King referring to Duterte as “my father,” and more.
Facebook user Agnes Arthur shared the link on a Duterte page and comments showed that most people believed this news and expressed their support. There were some who seemed sarcastic and asked the original poster to be wary of what they share in the web but, these netizens could be counted with only a hand.
It is unfortunate to see that netizens are still quick to believe what they read without verifying the source.
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